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Lateral Thinking Puzzles
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Sunday, March 7, 2010 9:28:35 AM
Hello friends,
Well the name of the topic says it all. Every week I'll give a puzzle for you to solve and you have to select the correct answer along with the appropriate reason. Mind you these puzzles are very tricky. So best of luck guys.
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Sunday, March 7, 2010 9:30:07 AM
1. You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus

* An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
* An old friend who once saved your life.
* The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?

Hint:You can make everyone happy.

Your car can only contain one passenger, so whom should it be?
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MANALI [Class 5]Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:32:00 AM
I will give the keys of the car to the old friend who once saved my life to take the old lady to the hospital and i will go with the perfect partner. So all the three people will be happy!
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:02:47 AM
you're absolutely correct Manali.Well done.
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:04:18 AM
2. Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don't know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they've got their man?

Hint: The police only know two things, that the criminal's name is John and that he is in a particular house.
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SREEMOYEE [Class 5]Thursday, March 11, 2010 3:54:16 AM
well......... the house was on fire....so the fireman went in but then he wouldnt be playing poker would he?
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:21:11 AM
That's not the correct answer. Think again
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DIPANJAN []Thursday, March 11, 2010 8:23:19 AM
the other three wwere women and john was a man
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Friday, March 12, 2010 12:12:44 AM
good dipanjan. you're right
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Friday, March 12, 2010 12:30:11 AM
this one's a bit tough.

3. A man lives in the penthouse of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. Upon his return, however, he can only travel halfway up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way - unless it's raining. What is the explanation for this?

Hint: He is very proud, so refuses to ever ask for help.
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SREEMOYEE [Class 5]Friday, March 12, 2010 2:29:34 AM
wat do u mean by penthouse?
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Friday, March 12, 2010 8:04:01 AM
an apartment located on the top floors of a building
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ARATRIKA [Class 12]Friday, March 12, 2010 9:52:07 AM
Ummm ... his height ... he is short
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ARKAPRAVA []Friday, March 12, 2010 10:01:30 AM
maybe he lives on the roof ............
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Friday, March 12, 2010 10:04:24 AM
Aratrika you're quite close. Explain a little more and you missed the part about the raining
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SHASWATA []Sunday, March 14, 2010 10:14:20 AM
I think I know the answer.
The man is short in height.
When it is raining he has an umbrella with him and he uses it to press the top buttons on the lift and therefore he can reach home. But if it is not raining he does not have an umbrella and so he can't reach the higher buttons.
Hope it is correct?
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Monday, March 15, 2010 1:17:11 AM
you're 100% correct shaswata my man
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KINGSHUK [Class 12]Monday, March 15, 2010 1:27:07 AM
4. How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?


Hint: It does not matter what the baby lands on, and it has nothing to do with luck.
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PRASANJAN [Class 5]Monday, March 15, 2010 7:16:25 AM
Jumped from the window in a room on the ground floor seems the most obvious answer...and i know the next question u'r gonna ask...:P
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SHASWATA []Monday, March 15, 2010 7:45:58 AM
Kingshuk-da, you are giving all these puzzles from the website www.idiotsacademy.com which is the site of 3 Idiots.
And actually I have taken the test from which you are taking these questions and I have also completed the game.
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